Weight, Warranty, and Certifications: This portable gas-powered generator from Generac comes with a 2-year limited warranty and weighs around 180 pounds. But this model 5939 is not CARB or CSA compliant, so you can’t use it in the state of California.
Portability: The unit is quite easy to move. Its fold-down handle and 9.5 inches never-flat tires make transportation easier.
Engine: It is powered by a Generac 14HP, 389cc OHV engine protected with a cast iron sleeve. The engine also has splash lubrication that is for increasing the generator’s life.
Power Output: It produces 6875 watts of peak power and 5500 watts of continuous power. We can compare it with WEN 56551 that has less surge power and running power of 5500 and 5000 watts, respectively.
Fuel Tank Size and Runtime: The generator comes with a 7.2-gallon fuel tank that gives 10 hours of runtime at 50% load. The tank is featured with a fuel gauge that helps you to keep an eye on the fuel levels. But if we compare it with WEN 56551, then with only a 6.5-gallon fuel tank, it will give you 11 hours of runtime at 50% load.
Start System: It features an electric start system.
Noise Level: It is a noisy generator that operates at 71 dBA. The unit has a low-tone muffler for noise-free operation, but it is not the effective one.
Control Panel: Its control panel is simple. There is no other thing except the power outlets and an hour meter.
There are a total of five power outlets. Four of them are the 120V AC household outlets, and one is the 120/240V twist-lock outlet. All these power outlets are protected with covers. Other than power outlets, the hour meter tells when the machine’s maintenance is due.
Safety Features: Generac GP5500 features a low-oil shutdown sensor that turns the engine off when it senses that the oil levels are dangerously low. This shutdown feature is for the safety of your generator’s engine. But there is no indicator light to tell you the reason behind the engine shutoff.
Also, all these power outlets are circuit breaker protected for extra protection.